BCS Conference 2019

2019 BCS Conference: Tolerance, Sustainability & Women Empowerment and Middlesex University Dubai Student Research Conference

24 October 2019, Thursday 9am to 2pm

Middlesex University Dubai

27 October 2019, Sunday 9am to 4pm

Anantara Eastern Mangrove Hotel Abu Dhabi


The British Computer Society, in collaboration with Middlesex University Dubai, is hosting their annual conference and exhibition on 24 and 27 October 2019.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Tolerance, Sustainability, and Women Empowerment’, aligned with the UAE’s national objectives for 2019.

We are pleased to invite abstracts for this student conference. In particular, we welcome abstracts with a focus on discussing, supporting, or challenging contemporary theory and practice through research evidence. We are seeking submissions across a range of subject areas, and/or submissions which signify pioneering applications and developments in the realm of, but not limited to, the themes of women empowerment, sustainability, and tolerance.

Short abstracts of 200-300 words can be submitted for consideration to either oral sessions (postgraduate students) or to poster or demo categories (undergraduate students). Oral presentations and poster sessions of this conference will examine current multidisciplinary trends in research and practice. Demo sessions will show innovative practice, and will propose novel solutions in various sectors using technology. Further details about these categories and information regarding the submission can be found here.

Abstracts should be submitted through this EasyChair link: conf=2019bcsmdx.

  • Awards
  • 1st Place 3000 AED, BCS trophy and certification
  • 2nd Place BCS trophy and certification
  • 3rd Place BCS Trophy and certificates

The top ten participants in each category will have the opportunity to present at Middlesex University Dubai’s upcoming international conference and publish in the conference’s special issue journals (subject to reviews).

A short abstract (200-300 words) should include the presentation title, aim of the research, clearly stated research method, findings (or anticipated outcome of the research), and conclusions. The deadline for submission of the short abstract is 24 August 2019. Undergraduate students will be assigned to either the poster or demo session, and postgraduate students will be assigned to the oral session. Submissions will be reviewed by the conference committee and authors will be informed of the outcome of their submission.

Extended abstracts (poster and oral sessions)     
Upon selection, student researchers will be informed that they should submit their extended abstract (500 to 1,000 words) by 24 August 2019.

This should follow the below structure:

  1. Paper title
  2. Background
  3. Methods
  4. Results (or expected results)
  5. Discussion
  6. Conclusions
  7. References
  8. Keywords (up to five keywords)

Please submit via Easychair using this link

  • Extended abstract (demo sessions)     
    The deadline for submission of the extended abstract is August 1st 2019.Upon acceptance of the short abstract, presenters are required to submit an extended abstract of 500-1000 words (maximum). This should follow the below structure:
  1. Paper title
  2. Background
  3. Aim
  4. System analysis and design
  5. Implementation or product prototype
  6. Evaluation and testing
  7. Keywords (up to five keywords)

Please submit via Easychair using this link

Please submit via Easychair using this link

Conference programme

The agenda for MDX-BCS 2019: Thursday 24th October 2019


Registration and tea/coffee

Foyer, Block 16


Opening ceremony and welcome address:

Dr. Cedwyn Fernandes (Pro-Vice Chancellor, Middlesex University, Director Middlesex University Dubai)

Oasis tdeatre, Block 16


tde importance of student research: Dr. Cody Paris (Deputy Director Academic Planning & Research, Middlesex University Dubai)

Oasis tdeatre, Block 16


Keynote speech: Eng. Adel Al Hashmi (Chairman BCS Middle East)

Oasis tdeatre, Block 16


Poster Session set-up and refreshments

Foyer, Block 16


Parallel track sessions (oral, demo, and poster)

  1. Oral session in Oasis tdeatre
  2. Demo session in 309, Block 16
  3. Poster session in tde foyer, Block 16



Room 007, Block 17


Parallel track sessions(oral and demo)

  1. Oral session in Oasis tdeatre
  2. Demo session in 309, Block 16



Foyer, Block 16



Concluding remarks and announcement of top 5 projects from each category

Oasis tdeatre, Block 16

The top five projects from each of the three categories, will be announced at the closing address on October 24th. Only the students in the top five (from each category) will be invited to attend the award ceremony in Abu Dhabi on October 27th.

General advice in preparing for the competition

Typically, demos, oral presentations, and scientific posters follow discipline-specific standards. However, these formats may vary between subject areas. Generally, the structure should follow four main parts:

- Introduction

- Methods

- Results

- Discussion

Oral presentation guidelines

Oral presentations should last for no more than seven minutes from beginning to end. Three minutes of Q&A will follow each presentation. Please ensure that you use MS PowerPoint and bring your presentation with you on a USB. 

Demo presentation guidelines

Demo presentations should last for no more than twenty minutes from beginning to end. Ten minutes of Q&A will follow each demonstration. Please ensure that your presentation is on a USB and if you have a physical demonstration, please bring it along.

Poster presentation guidelines

You will not need to deliver an oral presentation nor present any PPT slides. Rather you will stand beside your poster and be asked to explain it, giving small groups of attendees and judges a description of your research. You are expected to prepare one A1 or A0 size poster that adheres to common scientific standards. You will be provided a display board and glue/tape to display your poster on the day of the conference. Typically, the creation of posters works well in MS-PowerPoint or similar programmes (there may be other options you may prefer) by defining single slides to your chosen size format (again, there are many resources available on the internet which may be helpful). Caution when using colours: In print, most colours appear darker than they are displayed on the computer screen which may impair readability. It might be preferable to lower colour saturation in your original slides. Hint: try to print your whole poster in A4 from a colour printer before printing the A1 or A0 poster.

For further information, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].